Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein review: Screechy and preachy

Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein review: Screechy and preachy

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Thursday 12 April 2012

Movie Title

Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein review: Screechy and preachy


Star Cast

Anupam Kher, Sachin Khedekar, Mrinal Kulkarni, Atul Parchure, Anjan Srivastava

He's the archetypical IT professional with a paunch and bad hair. Aditya (Sachin Khedekar), a workaholic, picks a meeting for a lucrative contract over his daughter's arangetram (onstage debut of a Bharatanatyam dancer).

Sick of his workaholic ways, his wife (Mrinal Kulkarni) leaves for her parents' home with the daughter. After drowning his sorrows in alcohol, Aditya wakes up to the unbearably annoying sounds of his neighbourhood laughter club. Within the next 10 minutes, we are introduced to myriad character-actors who ring the bell as Aditya's maid, dhobi, neighbour etc.

The next day he wakes up to the same cacophony. The day begins to repeat itself. He realises he's caught in a vicious loop of a never-ending Sunday that threatens to repeat itself. How to get out of it, he wonders.

For a while, he begins to enjoy this rigmarole: hires escort services, gets drunk every night (insinuation of totally horrid dance number). Only to wake up to the laughter club whose morning shenanigans could make people weep.

And then he sees a benign man, who appears blind, and follows him around. This man, Benaam Kumar (Anupam Kher) screeches preaches so persistently, you feel sorry for our IT man with the consistently bloodshot eyes. We're subjected to tear-your-hair-out predictable dialogue like, "Aankhen band karo, par man ki aankhen kholo". At other times, he's asking the paunchy professional to "get connected".

The man then makes Aditya feel guilty over his triumphs, as if material achievements were the enemy of happiness. The two then proceed to throw stones in the stream, have a juvenile fight over food, and smile-smile-smile. With this transformation, he proceeds to balance playing cards perfectly and make a beautiful painting in a matter of minutes.

Thing is, no one's interested. We haven't even begun to care for this character and his problems. The jarring background score makes the film even less endurable.

Now, the message of the film is not half-bad. It's just that director Pramod Joshi prefers pushing it down the viewer's throat in a bitter preachy pill.

Sachin Khedekar is a competent actor; everyone knows that. But the sunken bloodshot eyes, big belly (we get to see Khederkar in swimwear), and outdated hairstyle do not an appealing leading man make. It's one thing for the actor to embody his character's look and personality, quite another for the leading man to look un-groomed.

Anupam Kher, an extraordinary actor otherwise, plays a blind man equating it with the mannerisms of a child. If the character meant to symbolise child-like innocence, the performance doesn't communicate it.

So, it basically boils down to the story, which is inspired by the iconic Groundhog Day (1993) starring Bill Murray. The story has an agenda and a message, but is let down by damp execution.

And you know what's worse than a bad film? A boring one. Avoid.

Rating: 1.5 stars

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